After the kill shot she fired over the net dropped to the floor, Tiffany Thomas pumped her fist and roared.
The shot sealed the second win in a row for the Warriors as they downed the Waggener Wildcats 25-22, 25-20, and gave Eminence its best start since 2005. It also capped an electric second-game comeback, which included a crucial nine-serve run by Emily Coomes.
Coach Stephanie Barrows credited strong play at the net and Coomes’ serves in the second game as key moments in the closely contested match.
“They worked as a team to win the game,” Barrows said. “These girls are building a team chemistry that is going to be hard to break. I will say that because of everyone working together on the court, Madison Pittman was able to get some really good sets to Tiffany, Emily, Mesha (Cooper), Destiny (Dale), Brie (Prewitt) and Gailynn (Carroll) to make some great plays. Thanks to Gai;ynn’s ability to take charge, she was able to set up some nice plays and tips. Emily really helped the team when it came to serving and bringing them out on top.”
Barrows still sees some room for improvement moving forward. “The game really pointed out some of our weak rotations and what we need to work on,” Barrows said. “We also need to work on some timing issues we are having with the executions of the plays. It’s early in the season, so I’m glad that we are learning these things now.”
EHS 2, KCD 0
Good serving and timely hitting helped the Eminence Warriors get the 2012 volleyball season off to a good start.
The Warriors overcame some first-game jitters, and comfortably earned a 2-0 win over Kentucky Country Day, 25-22, 25-18, on Tuesday, Aug. 7.
In the first game both teams started a little tight and the game seesawed back and forth before KCD took an 8-5 lead when the Warriors missed two passes and let two balls drop to the floor.
After a timeout by Head Coach Stephanie Barrows, the Warriors came back to tie the score at 9-9. KCD then went on another 3-0 run to go up 13-10. But good serving by Emily Coomes helped Eminence reel off 5 straight points and the Warriors never trailed again.
Eminence extended the lead to four points at 21-17 before KCD came back to tie the score 21-21. Eminence then gained the lead 23-21 on a crucial block by Tiffany Thomas. KCD then scored a point before Thomas served out the game for the Warriors.
In the second game, Eminence got off to a 9-1 lead behind good serving by Coomes and Brianna Prewitt. Eminence extended the lead to 13-3 before KCD began to come back.
Sensing a momentum shift, Barrows called timeout at 13-6, but the KCD onslaught continued until they closed the gap to 17-16.
At that point EHS got a big play when they bumped the ball over the net onto the line for an 18-16 lead that finally killed KCD’s momentum. At 20-18, with Gailynn Carroll serving three aces, Eminence closed out the game with 5 straight points. The final run also included a block and a kill by Thomas.
Barrows was pleased with her team’s first performance but understands that first-game jitters played a role in their performance. “They played well,” she said. “They were nervous about the game because it was the first game of the season. They did make some silly mistakes but they all knew it and know what to work on to make it better the next game. I think that overall they played well and executed some really awesome plays!”
Barrows also felt that serving in key stretches of the match played a role in the victory. “I think that having our really good servers take the lead in the second game gave them the drive and helped them stay focused toward their goal for the game,” she said.
Barrows also saw some areas for improvement. “I would say we need to improve on our serves,” she said. “We have to stay focused and not get frustrated with the little mistakes that we made. I do believe that all these things will improve in the next game because the girls had the typical first game nervousness.”
The coach felt that the team played well and was reluctant to point out individuals because it was such a good team effort, but she did mention some key contributors. “Its really hard for me to pick out a few players that really stood out because I could say something about all of them. These girls played hard and worked together as a team to win the game”, Barrows said. “It takes everyone on the court not just a few people. If I had to pick a few I would say Mesha Cooper did really well and was able to take charge at the net, when we needed it the most. Emily Coomes had some amazing serves that took the game to another level.”
The Warriors faced Gallatin County Tuesday.
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